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Ferdinando Regalia is the Social Sector Manager at the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Regalia was Chief of the IDB's Social Protection and Health Division (SPH), where he was responsible for overseeing the IDB's support to borrowing member countries' response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of health and social protection. During his service as Head of SPH from 2010 to 2021, Mr. Regalia and his team led the implementation of innovative public-private partnerships and results-based financing mechanisms, such as the Salud Mesoamerica Initiative, to address health inequities. Mr. Regalia promoted research activities and projects that fostered strategies to increase the quality and sustainability of the health, early childhood development, and social inclusion and protection services sectors, working on a variety of enabling factors such as increased adoption of digital tools. Between 2008 and 2009, Mr. Regalia served as the advisor to the Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge of the IDB Group, providing quality oversight of operations and the Vice Presidency's economic and sector research agenda.